Testosterone is a hormone that is produced in large amounts by males (and a little bit in females), in the testes and adrenal glands. High testosterone levels are associated with sexual performance, reproductive function, muscle mass, hair growth, aggressive, competitive behaviors, and other such manly things. Testosterone levels tend to peak at the age of 40, and slowly decline from there. Luckily, there are many things you can do to increase testosterone, so if you feel like your T levels could use a boost, you've come to the right place.
On the flip side, a deficiency in the major male sex hormone—a condition that burdens some million American men over the age of 45, according to US census data—is, well, far from sexy. Side effects of “Low-T” include low libido, limp erections, hair thinning, muscle loss, fat gain, depression … In fact, one study found that that the lower a man’s testosterone levels, the higher his risk of death from any cause—heart disease in particular. Adding insult to injury, the Food and Drug Administration says there's little evidence that testosterone drugs are beneficial. ( Did we mention depression? ) The good news is you can boost your testosterone naturally, and diet plays a key role. So grab a pen, jot down a grocery list of these Eat This, Not That! -approved, T-boosting foods and get ready to unleash your hard-wired alpha male.
Having a kettlebell is essentially halfway to having all the exercise equipment you need. From swings to deadlifts, presses, cleans, snatches and goblet squats, grabbing a kettlebell can help you unlock a near-limitless amount of full-body exercises that can string together a monster HIIT workout. If you plan to purchase just one, our advice is to chose a weight according to an exercise that you might find more challenging. You want a KB that's heavy enough to tax you with moves your efficient with but light enough that you can still move it without compromising your form.
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